Masood, who is the Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Saharanpur, was arrested earlier in the day for his hate speech in which he allegedly threatened to ‘chop’ Modi ‘into pieces’. An FIR has been lodged against him at Deoband Police Station.

Playing safe, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday cancelled his rally in Saharanpur after Masood’s arrest.

The remarks went on to spark a huge outrage and the BJP strongly condemned the usage of such inflammatory language, which is in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
    
40-year old Masood, who was arrested in the wee hours by police from his residence here, said that he had done no wrong.
    
"It is all BJP's plotting. I don't have any remorse as I did no wrong. I will not apologise either to Narendra Modi or to the BJP," the Congress leader, who had expressed regret for his remarks earlier on Friday, told reporters.

A video footage of the election rally in Saharanpur, showing Masood attacking the BJP strongman, had gone viral on the web.

“We received a video footage of Masood. Based on its review, a case was registered in Deoband Police Station against him,” Saharanpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manoj Kumar said.
    
"Cases have been registered against him under Section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting religion or religious beliefs), Section 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC, Section 125 (promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of Representation of People Act, and Section 310 SC/ST Act," he added.

The SSP further said necessary probe is being carried out and legal proceedings will be held.

JPN

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